1. What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are able to treat patients of all ages with a variety of health conditions, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Chiropractors can also provide relief for those who are suffering from injuries that affect the muscles, ligaments, and joints. Whether you received an injury from a sporting event or a work-related accident, we can help.
2. Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic care is recognized as being a safe, effective, and non-invasive treatment for a wide variety of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Many patients feel immediate relief following a chiropractic adjustment, while others may experience mild soreness, as they do after a form of exercise.
Chiropractors are highly skilled and trained to perform safe and effective chiropractic adjustments for their patients, as well as to identify those with conditions that require treatment from a medical specialist.
3. Do I need a referral from my doctor to receive chiropractic care?
In most cases, you will not need a referral to see a DC, you will simply call and schedule an appointment. It’s important to familiarize yourself with your health plan, as some may require you to contact your human resources department or insurance plan to determine if there are any referral requirements.
4. Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
Yes, chiropractic care is not only appropriate for children but also beneficial. Since children are active and prone to falls and accidents, chiropractic adjustments can provide the relief they need from sore muscles and stiff joints. Additionally, if children are involved in sports, then they are likely to experience sports injuries at some point as well. Chiropractic care is always tailored to the needs of the individual, and it can provide the safe, gentle, and effective treatment that children need.
5. Is chiropractic care covered by insurance?
Many insurance plans and major medical plans cover chiropractic care. From Medicare and Medicaid to workers’ compensation and federal employee plans, there are many types of insurance plans that cover chiropractic adjustments. At Wellspring Health, we accept most major medical insurance as well as auto insurance and workers compensation. Since there are so many plans and coverage can vary, please call us at one of our three locations in Daytona, Orange City, or Altamonte Springs to find out if your plan covers care in our office. Our staff will be happy to verify and explain your benefits before treatment.
6. What type of education and training do chiropractors have?
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs)are educated as primary-contact health care providers, with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. The educational requirements for DCs are some of the most stringent of any health care professions. DCs are educated in a number of human health and anatomy subjects, including orthopedics, neurology, physiology, and more.
7. How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that is performed by a DC using their hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, specifically the spine, to restore proper joint function. It is a very controlled procedure that rarely causes any discomfort to the patient. This treatment can help to reduce inflammation and pain.
8. What types of pain can chiropractic care treat?
Chiropractic care can alleviate pain that is caused by a number of different reasons, including car accident injuries, slip and fall injuries, back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, knee pain, shoulder pain, sports injuries, jaw pain, and workers’ comp injuries. Additionally, many pregnant women find that chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate some of the side effects that are frequently experienced during pregnancy, as well as help delivery proceed more smoothly.
9. Do adjustments hurt?
Properly performed, chiropractic manipulation should not hurt. Adjustments are a highly controlled procedure that rarely cause pain or discomfort as they are performed with minimal force and gentle pressure. Many patients report feeling immediate relief after a treatment, while others may experience some slight soreness or stiffness. If you are getting a chiropractic adjustment for the first time, be sure to drink plenty of water, use an ice pack if needed, and engage in gentle stretching.
10. Are all patients adjusted the same way?
Just as the care you receive at your doctor’s office is tailored to your specific needs, so are chiropractic adjustments. Each patient is different, which means that their chiropractic adjustment will be crafted with their needs in mind. Your DC will determine the right course of treatment for you depending on your age, height, weight, and health condition.